There is no better way to experience life like an islander than to use the local bus system to get around. In St. Johns this is a major form of transport for residents who use the vehicles to get from villages and into town. This means that for the most part resort areas are not serviced, but when you're out and about exploring they can be a great way to travel.
Like most forms of transportation on the island of Antigua, buses originate in St. Johns. There are two bus terminals in town called the East End Bus Station and the West End Bus Station. Buses on the island are privately owned rather than the public transportation systems you are probably used to back home, and are comprised of a fleet of minivans and small buses rather than full sized shuttle buses.
The buses run on set routes in and around St. Johns, except for near the airport, and also travel to other towns like Jolly Harbour. Unfortunately, these buses do not service Dickenson Bay and most of the north coast. The chart below offers an idea of what you can expect of bus routes, but do be aware that they can change at the discretion of the operator at any time.
|Route||Beginning||Stops Along the Route||End|
|Route 12 to Freeman's Village||West End Bus Station||Town House Store Bus Stop, Sea View Farm Bus Stop||Freemans Village Bus Stop|
|Route 13 to John Hughes||West End Bus Station||Town House Store Bus Stop, Buckley and Fig Tree Bus Station, Buckley's Bus Stop||John Hughes Bus Stop|
|Route 17 to English Harbour||West End Bus Station||Town House Store Bus Stop, All Saints Bus Stop, Sweets Bus Stop, Cobbs Cross Bus Stop||Dockyard Bus Stop|
|Route 20 to Bolans||West End Bus Station||Golden Grove Bus Stop, Kentish Road Bus Stop||Jolly Harbour Bus Stop|
|Route 22 to Old Road||West End Bus Station||Jolly Harbour Bus Stop, Golden Grove Bus Stop, Kentish Road Bus Stop, Darkwood Beach Bus Stop, Turner's Beach Bus Stop||Mt. Obama and Old Road Bus Stop|
|Route 30 to Potters||East End Bus Station||Factory Road West Bus Stop, Chase Supermarket Bus Stop||Potters Road Bus Stop|
|Route 31 to Parham||East End Bus Station||Old Sugar Factory Bus Stop, Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board Bus Stop, Factory Road West Bus Stop, Potters Road Bus Stop||Parham Bus Stop|
|Route 32 to Sea View Farm||East End Bus Station||Old Sugar Factory Bus Stop, Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board Bus Stop, Factory Road West Bus Stop, Potters Road Bus Stop||Sea View Farm Bus Stop|
|Route 32B to Mac Pond||East End Bus Station||Old Sugar Factory Bus Stop, Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board Bus Stop, Factory Road West Bus Stop, Potters Road Bus Stop||Mac Pond Bus Stop|
|Route 33 to Willikies||East End Bus Station||Old Sugar Factory Bus Stop, Antigua and Barbuda Transport Board Bus Stop, Factory Road West Bus Stop, Potters Road Bus Stop, Sir Walling, Jonas, And Pares Intersection Bus Stop||Willikies Bus Stop|
|Route 41B to Cedar Valley Gardens||East End Bus Station||Parham and Utility Bus Stop, Cassada Bus Stop||Cedar Grove Bus Stop|
|Route 42 to American University||West End Bus Station||Parham and Utility Bus Stop, Sir Walter and Old Parham Bus Stop, ANU Airport Bus Stop||American University Bus Stop|
|Route 61 to Five Islands Village||West End Bus Station||Gray's Farm Bus Station||Five Islands Bus Stop|
If you need a ride, wait at the closest bus station, and flag the numbered bus down for a ride. Service is available from dawn until dusk Monday through Saturday and costs $1(USD) per person.
If you're concerned about driving in a foreign country or simply want to save money, buses are a great alternative. Affordable and for the most part reliable, if you couple this service with taxis, you'll be able to see all of the best attractions without issue.
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